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A KILLER IN THE LGBT COMMUNITY
Stephen John Port (born 22 February 1975) is a convicted British rapist and serial killer. He is responsible for murdering at least four men and for committing multiple rapes around the East London area during 2014 and 2015. His activities sent shockwaves around the local public, particularly the LGBT community, when it became known that the victims were all gay men.
Port is a depraved rapist who was obsessed with so-called “drug rape” in which the victim is rendered insensible by drugs and then raped by another man – with the event sometimes recorded.
USING TECHNOLOGY TO FIND VICTIMS
He used the gay dating app Grindr to arrange trysts with his victims, preferring young men, and would then drug them using GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyric acid), together with a cocktail of other substances, before raping them. Some of these attacks were recorded and later found on his home computer. The victims then died of drug overdoses. At least four men were killed in this way, over a three-and-a-half year period.
Port was able to evade the police investigation by devious manipulation of the various situations, including the planting of a suicide note on one of his victims. It was also later alleged that the police investigation itself was incompetent with many opportunities of identifying Port missed through a lack of thoroughness and even disinterest.
CAUGHT ON CAMERA
Finally CCTV footage revealed Stephen Port in the company of one of his victims while walking in a street, and following a public release of the imagery, he was identified.
Subsequent police investigation found his DNA on three of the victims, together with a large amount of incriminating evidence on his home computer.
He was arrested and charged with four murders, multiple rapes and four sexual assaults, with a total of eleven men found to be his victims.
He was found guilty on all counts in November 2016 and sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
Police strongly suspect that Port was involved in other rapes and in response to his case announced they are now investigating at least 58 deaths connected to the use of GHB.